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Acura TLX GT Race Car to Debut at Mid-Ohio

 2015 Acura TLX to race in premier GT category
 Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham
 Race debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

TORRANCE, Calif., July 31, 2014 – After completing an initial test program, Acura Motorsports will debut the new 2015 Acura TLX GT in Pirelli World Challenge competition this weekend at American Honda’s “home” circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in the hands of RealTime Racing owner/driver Peter Cunningham.

The new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition from the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac CTS-V, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 12C and Porsche 911. 

Cunningham will pilot the Acura in a pair of Pirelli World Challenge events during a doubleheader race weekend, on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. The Pirelli World Challenge series supports with the Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Mid-Ohio.

 “We’re excited to debut the Acura TLX GT race car in front of our ‘hometown’ audience of associates from the many Honda facilities in central Ohio,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Auto Operations, American Honda.

“The competition in the Pirelli World Challenge is fierce, includingmany of the luxury makes the TLX will compete with on the sales floor. Acura has never shied away from a challenge. Instead, we seek it out, both on-track and in the marketplace.” 

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize allwheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system. 

RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers’ Championships and 14 Drivers’ Championships.

“The Pirelli World Challenge has a lot of strong competitors in GT, but the TLX is the only all-wheel-drive car in the category. For our four-door sedan to be racing head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, is pretty cool,” RTR team principal Cunningham said. “We’re ready to go, and we’re going to show the competition what the Acura TLX GT can do.” 

Acura MDX Cements Position as America’s All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV

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TORRANCE, Calif., July 11, 2014 – Record sales in the first six months of 2014 has strengthened the third-generation MDX’s position as America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002. Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.

“Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. “MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.” 

Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles. For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance. 

The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance.

A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura’s next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura’s new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.  As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched. The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink™ system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature.

The MDX has been designed, developed and manufactured in North America for three generations. The third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

 

*Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994.

 

Acura and Tiger Woods Foundation Team Up In Multi-Year Agreement

  • Acura will be the official vehicle of the Tiger Woods Foundation
  • Relationship begins with significant presence at upcoming Quicken Loans National
  • TournamentPartnership includes vehicle and philanthropic support for STEM- focused educational programs

TORRANCE, Calif., June 18, 2014 – Acura is teaming up with the Tiger Woods Foundation in a multi-year agreement that includes vehicle and philanthropic support to the foundation’s efforts in advancing education programs for underserved and low-income students. As the official vehicle of the foundation, Acura will have a significant presence at all three Tiger Woods Foundation supported golf tournaments, starting with the 2014 Quicken Loans National Tournament taking place June 23-29 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. As the exclusive automotive sponsor, Acura will be providing more than 180 vehicles for use at the tournament and will host product displays for guests at the event. Acura also will have a significant presence at the Deutsche Bank Championship (Aug. 27-Sept. 1) and the exclusive World Challenge.

“The relationship with the Tiger Woods Foundation further strengthens Acura’s already deep ties to the game of golf while benefiting an organization that is advancing educational efforts critical to this nation in the areas of math, science and engineering ,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and division manager of Acura. “We look forward to working with the Tiger Woods Foundation over the next three years and feel we’ve already hit one down the center of the fairway with our support at the Congressional next weekend.”

In addition to serving as the official vehicle of the foundation, Acura will also provide philanthropic support to Tiger Woods Learning Center, which will include support of STEM (science, technology, education and math) focused programs benefiting underserved and low-income students. The company will draw on its global engineering capabilities to work with the Learning Center and co-develop advanced robotics and engineering labs to provide additional learning opportunities for students.

“I’m looking forward to having Acura join my foundation’s team at the Quicken Loans National and at our learning centers,” Tiger Woods said. “It will be cool to see how they incorporate their technology with our STEM initiatives for underserved students nationwide, including our three D.C.-based learning centers.”

Acura has a long history with the game of golf including a 10-year relationship as the official vehicle of the Pinehurst Golf Club in North Carolina, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. Acura also serves as the title sponsor of the Acura College Alumni Team Championship, which brings collegiate teams from around the country together for the ultimate golf tournament of champions.

“We are thrilled Acura is partnering with us at our tournaments and education platforms,” Rick Singer, Tiger Woods Foundation president and CEO said. “Given the company’s exceptional history in premier engineering, our learning center students will absolutely benefit from this addition to our STEM programming.”

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation
Where you come from shouldn’t mean failure. At the Tiger Woods Foundation, it doesn’t. Our programs break the cycle of poverty through college-access opportunities for low-income students. At Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses across the country, scholars in grades 5-12 are immersed in an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. Here, they make the connection between school and career, while planning a road map to college. Tailored to the needs of the first-generation scholar, the Earl Woods Scholarship Program provides college scholarships coupled with an unyielding support system. But we don’t stop there. Through dedicated mentors, professional development workshops and internships, our one-to-one philosophy ensures the success of our students in college and beyond. See how our scholars are smashing the cycle of poverty at tigerwoodsfoundation.org and @TWFoundation.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com/. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at http://www.acuranews.com/. More information the Tiger Woods Foundation can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is coming back!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the popular award-winning Web series created by and starring Jerry Seinfeld, will return to Crackle andComediansInCarsGettingCoffee.com for four additional seasons, a total of 24 new episodes, all sponsored exclusively by Acura. This new deal is for seasons six, seven, eight and nine of the series and will begin following the previously announced fourth and fifth seasons of the show, which are set to launch early this summer and fall respectively.

Previous episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee have featured Seinfeld’s conversations with a variety of comedy legends including Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis CK, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern, among others.

Since its debut in July 2012, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has delivered more than 40 million streams, garnered rave reviews, and earned Jerry Seinfeld a Primetime Emmy® nomination in the Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs category and two recent 2014 Webby Awards for Best Individual Performance (both the Webby and the People’s Voice Award). Additional accolades include a Bronze Telly Award in 2014 for Branded Content with Acura; a 2014 Webby Media and Entertainment Honoree and Branded Content Honoree for Interactive Advertising and Media; and a special Webby Award in 2013 for Outstanding Comedic Performance.

Acura MDX and RDX Win U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards

Acura News just shared an exciting Press Release:

Acura’s hottest sellers, MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and RDX luxury crossover SUV,  have won U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 awards with MDX taking the “Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV For The Money” award and RDX winning the “Best Luxury Compact SUV For The Money” category.

“The MDX and RDX continue to win accolades for their outstanding combination of exhilarating, performance, great fuel efficiency, and outstanding value on a luxury scale,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.  “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market.”

The “Best Cars for the Money” methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the “Best Car for the Money” in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.

For More Information

Consumer information about Acura is available at acura.com. To join the Acura Columbus community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/columbusacura.

 

Acura TLX GT Racecar bringing the ‘X factor’ to Pirelli World Challenge

Acura Motorsports today pulled the wraps off the new 2015 Acura TLX GT Race Car at the North American International Auto Show, announcing plans to move up to the GT category of the growing and highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge Championship.

To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.

“The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural luxury competitors in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President-Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Acura and Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing organization have a long history of success together, and we look forward to adding to that tradition with the Acura TLX GT race car in 2014.”

Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

The Acura TLX GT Race Car will be campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers’ Championships and 14 Drivers’ Championships.

“In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships,” RTR team principal Cunningham said. “In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the 25-year history of the series. RealTime has competed successfully in this category before, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. With the onslaught of these world-class GT-3 competitors joining the fray, we will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. But that’s what we love to do.”

About Honda Performance Development

HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six manufacturers’ championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.

HPD’s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company’s sports car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD’s LM-V8 engine; and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers’, engine, team and drivers’ championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.

HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.tlx GT

What we know about the 2015 Acura TLX

We will try to keep this as light as possible given the current coverage of the Acura TLX.  We aren’t going to copy and paste the same article you’ve read across the internet.  Instead we are going to break down what we know, and what we don’t know about the newly reviled Acura TLX.

Technology features and options (tentative):
-Jewel Eye LED head lights
-20″ Alloy wheels
-LED Turn signals in mirrors
-ECON, Normal, and sport modes
-IDS (Integrated Dynamics System)
-CMBS (Collision Mitigation Braking System)
-LDW (Lane Departure Warning)
-FCW (Forward Collision Warning)
-ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control)
-LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System)
-BSI (Blind Spot Indicator)
-2.4 litre 4 cylinder I-VTEC direct injection motor paired to a 8 speed DCT transmission on a FWD P-AWS chassis
-3.5 litre V6 VTEC direct injection with VCM paired with a 9 speed transmission on the SH-AWD chassis

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